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Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Upmarket retreat, contemporary architecture
- 13 deluxe suites with plunge pool
- Butler service
- Excellent 'Big 5' location

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Overview

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge is a deluxe contemporary property situated in a private reserve within the Kruger National Park, north eastern South Africa. Featuring organic materials, bespoke furnishings and a unique futuristic design, this architecturally stunning structure has been built down into the earth, and sits unobtrusively surrounded by bushveld. Boasting excellent hosting and guiding, the lodge offers elegant communal areas including a spa, library, and wine cellar, plus 13 beautifully appointed suites complete with private plunge pools and butler service. It will appeal to travellers with a higher budget who seek exclusivity and an extremely comfortable safari experience.

Communal areas include an elegant and contemporary dining room with an alfresco area overlooking a nearby waterhole popular with wildlife. There is a sleek lounge and well stocked bar, a peaceful library, a gift shop, art gallery, and an extensive underground wine cellar. Outside, there’s a tranquil Zen garden and a ‘boma’ for dining beneath the stars. The spa offers a variety of massages and beauty treatments, and there’s also a fully equipped gym.

Activities include morning and evening game drives and guided walks with informed, enthusiastic guides. The area is home to the big five (lion, leopard, rhino, Cape buffalo, and elephant) along with cheetah, wild dog, hyena, and over 350 species of birds. Visits to the local community are also encouraged.

The accommodation comprises 13 suites, all individually designed and decorated. Each beautifully appointed unit features a king size bed and an expansive en-suite bathroom with a deep stone bath and both indoor and outdoor showers. Outside, there’s a private terrace with seating and a refreshing plunge pool and all suites come with a personal butler service. The opulent Amber Suite boasts additional facilities including a steam room, a study, a kitchen and a dining area, and comes with a private vehicle for exclusive game viewing.

Children are warmly welcome at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, subject to the property being booked by a group or several families on an exclusive basis. Note that its sister property, Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, offers family accommodation and provides qualified childcare and an activity programme for younger guests.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
    Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
    Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
    The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
    I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
    Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!

    MissingJennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019

  • We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.

    Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.

    Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.

    Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!

    One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.

    Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!

    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

  • Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.

    We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.

    We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).

    We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)

    MissingJeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019

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